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Teen Burn Victim Arrested on Drug Charges

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Michael Brewer, who was set on fire by three teens in 2009, has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

Brewer was stopped by Florida Highway Patrol on Wednesday after running a red light and was found with marijuana, crack-cocaine, oxycodone and drug paraphernalia in his possession.  Thursday morning, he faced a judge in Palm Beach County court and was given a $6,000 bond.  He was released and, according to the Miami Herald, was warned to “stay out of trouble” and undergo random drug testing.

Brewer was in the news in 2009 when  he was attacked by three teens who poured alcohol on him and set him on fire.  He was able to run away and jump into a nearby pool, but suffered second and third-degree burns to 65 percent of his body.  Brewer nearly died and was in a medically induced coma for three weeks. Then he endured numerous skin graft surgeries and months of rehabilitation.

The teens responsible for the attack were convicted and sentenced to 8-11 years behind bars.

Brewer, 18, now finds himself facing charges.

According to the arrest report, Trooper M.N. Vasconcelos saw the van that Brewer was driving make a U-turn on a red light and pulled the vehicle over. The report notes when the trooper approached the vehicle he, “smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana” coming from inside.

After asking Brewer to step out of the vehicle, the report reads, “a zip-lock plastic bag containing a green leafy substance fell on the ground, followed by a brown pill container, containing little white rocks.”  The report states the substances were field-tested and were positive for marijuana and crack-cocaine. Also found in the car, according to the report, were 14 glass pipes, a glass bong, empty pill containers, a grinder, cigarette papers, a straw and a pocket knife.

There were three teens in the van with Brewer at the time of the traffic stop, ages 19, 16 and 15.  None of them were arrested or charged with any crimes.

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Seattle Police Seek Motive in Parks Department Shooting

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Seattle police are working to determine the motive of a woman suspected of critically wounding a 65-year-old man inside a city parks building on Friday.

After a three hour-long manhunt for the suspect, police arrested Carolyn Piksa, a Seattle Parks employee, at her home in Burien, Wash., at 4:49 p.m. Friday.

Authorities are working to determine the relationship between Piksa and the 65-year-old victim, Bill Keller, as well as the motive for the shooting, Seattle Deputy Chief Nick Metz said.

The shooting unfolded just before 2 p.m. Friday and prompted the city to shut down all community centers and put area schools on high alert.

“We looked at this incident as a citywide emergency, because we knew that this suspect was likely to have access to a variety of parks department facilities, including some of the community centers,” Metz said.

Authorities responded to a Seattle Parks maintenance building after receiving a call from a man believed to be the victim, Keller, who said he had been shot. None of the other employees in the building had been targeted, Metz said.

Keller, the executive director of the Associated Recreation Council, was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, in critical but stable condition. He was last listed in stable but serious condition, according to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

Investigators used cell phone signals to track Piksa to her house. A SWAT team surrounded her residence and ordered her through their bullhorn to come out of the house.

Piksa immediately surrendered unarmed and was taken to the Seattle Police Department’s homicide unit.

A weapon has not been recovered, but Metz said authorities planned to search Piksa’s home.

All park facilities and events will run on a normal schedule over the weekend, according to the Seattle Mayor’s Office.

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West Virginia Mayor ‘Relieved’ After Son’s Drug Arrest

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, W. Va.) -- A mayor in West Virginia says the arrest of his son on drug charges might be the only way to save him and he’s “relieved” to hear about his incarceration because his son has a better chance of staying alive while in jail.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones released the statement on Thursday, hours after his 23-year-old son, Zachary, was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to deliver an ounce of cocaine.

“If in jail or prison, I know that Zac has a better chance at living than on the outside.  This is because Zac is a hopeless drug addict who has broken the heart and the will of everyone and anyone who has tried to help him,” Jones said in a statement obtained by ABC News affiliate WCHS-TV.

Zachary Jones was arrested along with Moldavian Harris, a 24-year-old from Detroit, and is being held at the South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bail, WCHS reported.

“This arrest comes on top of a DUI arrest in 2008 and a heroin possession arrest in 2010,” Danny Jones said.

Danny Jones, in his statement, said he has never lobbied for favorable treatment during his son’s past troubles and even told police of Zachary’s whereabouts prior to his 2010 arrest.

“I know there are a few parents that will read this and relate to the heartbreak I feel,” the Republican mayor said.  “I plead with those in the law enforcement, judicial, jail and prison system to treat my son no better or worse than any other defendant.  My son does not need anyone to save him from taking this life saving fall.”

Zachary Jones was pulled over for speeding when a Metro Drug Unit officer found 25.7 grams of cocaine in the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, WCHS reported.

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Las Vegas Strip Shooting Suspect Arrested in Los Angeles

LVPD(LAS VEGAS) -- The fugitive wanted for the Las Vegas strip attack that killed rapper Kenny Clutch in his Maserati and two other people in a taxi has been arrested in Los Angeles, according to ABC News' Los Angeles station, KABC.

Las Vegas Police Capt. Chris Jones told KABC that Ammar Harris was arrested Thursday by a team of police and federal agents in North Hollywood.

Harris, 26, was the subject of a nationwide manhunt that began after the Feb. 21 shooting that left the three people dead and several others wounded.

An arrest warrant for Harris was issued and he was considered, according to police, "absolutely armed and dangerous."

Harris' lengthy rap sheet includes charges of pandering with the use of force, robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping, according to ABC News' Las Vegas affiliate, KTNV.

An argument between Harris and Clutch, 27, whose legal name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., originated in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel, police said.

Police said Harris fired several rounds into the Maserati that was being driven by Cherry as both vehicles continued northbound on glitzy Las Vegas Boulevard.

The rapper's sports car careened out of control after he was shot, slamming into several cars, including a taxi. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon, and a female passenger identified as Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash. Witnesses said it looked like the car exploded.

A passenger in the Maserati suffered a minor injury to his arm. Clutch died at University Medical Center.

The SUV allegedly driven by Harris was found Saturday in the garage of a gated apartment complex where police believe Harris was living.

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Florida Boy’s 911 Call Helps Police Nab Burglars

Comstock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A brave 11-year-old boy’s phone call from a closet helped police catch three thieves ransacking his family’s Miami Beach, Fla. house while he was home alone on Friday.

The boy, whose identity is being concealed, heard a loud crash when his mother went out for a jog. As burglars broke into the home through a glass door and began to rummage through drawers, he immediately retreated to a closet in hopes of hiding safely, bringing a phone with him to dial 9-1-1.

“I was scared, I was shocked. All that went through my mind was ‘Please don’t see me. Please let them not see me. Please let the police catch them,” the boy told ABC News.

“I hear them breaking things. I hear things falling on the floor,” he said. “They weren’t speaking English. They were speaking like Russian or Haitian or maybe Spanish or French or something.”

Minutes later, Miami Beach police arrived on the scene, and successfully apprehended one of the suspects. The other two were caught hours later.

Willie Devell Travis Cuyler Jr., 20, Lance Matthew Riley, 20, and Terrance M. Young, 21, were arrested in connection with the break in, according to ABC Miami affiliate WPLG.

The boy received a medal from the Miami Beach Police Department to thank him for his courageous efforts.

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Chicago Prison Escape: Second of Two Bank Robbers Arrested

Kevin Horan/Stone(CHICAGO) -- A convicted bank robber who escaped jail before Christmas is back in custody.  

Kenneth Conley, 38, one of two inmates who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago on Dec. 18, was taken into custody at an apartment complex in the suburb of Palos Hills Friday evening.  The other man, Joseph "Jose" Banks, 37, was captured just two days after the escape.  

Banks and Conley were last seen Dec. 17 at 10 p.m. during a prison head count at the correctional center in downtown Chicago's Loop district.  The two borrowed a move from the film Escape From Alcatraz by stuffing their beds with clothes in the shape of bodies.

The men then broke the window of their cell at the federal prison, shimmying out a hole only inches wide, and scaled 17 stories down the side of the building, all the while holding onto a rope of sheets and towels taken from the prison.  The rope was strong enough to support the two, one weighing 165 pounds the other 185 pounds.

At 7 a.m. the next morning, as employees arrived at work, they noticed the sheets left dangling from the building and discovered that Conley and Banks were missing.

Investigators said surveillance cameras captured Banks and Conley getting into a taxi minutes after their brazen escape.  They entered the taxi at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Congress Street, just blocks away from the jail.

The men then showed up at the home of Sandy Conley, Kenneth Conley's mother, in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Ill., on Tuesday morning, only five hours after they escaped.

"He was in the house for two minutes," Sandy Conley told ABC News on Thursday.  "I can't tell you if he was armed.  I made him get out."

It is unclear what connection, if any, Conley might have to the Palos Hills apartment complex where he was apprehended.

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Woman Tied to New York Firefighter Ambush Gun

ABC News/WHAM(NEW YORK) -- Authorities have charged a woman for allegedly providing a convicted killer with the Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle he used when he ambushed four volunteer firefighters and an off-duty cop at a fire scene in upstate New York on Christmas Eve, federal prosecutors said.

Dawn Nguyen, 24, was arrested Friday after allegedly making an illegal purchase of the weapon used by William Spengler, 62, who set a house and car on fire in Webster, N.Y., the morning of Dec. 24, then shot dead two firemen and himself.

Nguyen is facing federal and state charges for acting as a "straw purchaser," buying the Bushmaster assault weapon as well as a shotgun with the intention of giving it to someone who cannot legally purchase it himself, said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul.

Authorities accuse Nguyen of lying about being the sole owner of the weapons when making the purchase, a violation of federal law.

As an ex-convict, Spengler could not have legally owned or purchased the weapons himself.

"Dawn Nguyen told the seller of these weapons that she was to be true owner and buyer of these guns," said Hochul. "It is absolutely against federal law to provide any materially false information" on a firearms application.

As Hochul announced the charges, Nguyen was in a nearby court. It was unknown whether she entered a plea, and her lawyer could not be immediately contacted.

In addition to the rifle and shotgun, Spengler was found with a pistol, which authorities believe he used to kill himself by shooting himself in the head.

After apparently setting the fires, Spengler began shooting at emergency responders, officials have said. The attack left two firefighters and the gunman dead, and two other firefighters hospitalized.

In a typewritten note found at the scene, Spengler revealed that he obtained the weapons from Nguyen, who for a time lived next door to him in Webster, Hochul said.

In that same note, Spengler pledged to see "how much of the neighborhood I can burn down." He said he wanted to "do what I like doing best, killing people."

Police said Spengler set a "trap" in order to ambush the first responders.

Firefighters Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were gunned down. Two other firefighters, Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino, remained in guarded condition at a Rochester, N.Y. hospital.

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Former Roommate of Wanted Terrorist Among Two Charged in Terror Case

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Two men from Alabama have been arrested in a terrorism case, including the former roommate of a man on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list.

Randy Wilson, a.k.a. Rasheed Wilson, and Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, both 25 years old, were arrested Tuesday by the FBI for allegedly attempting to travel to Africa to engage in fighting with terrorists groups there. Both were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Abukhdair was also charged with passport fraud.

Wilson is allegedly a close friend and former roommate of Omar Hammami, an American commander in Somalia’s Al Shabaab terrorist group who was recently added to the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list.

Also known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, Hammami is the Alabama-raised son of a Southern Baptist mother and a Syrian father. Since arriving in Somalia in 2006, he has acted as a mouthpiece for Al Shabaab, the Somali branch of al Qaeda, but in recent months has released a series of videos claiming that his life was in danger and that he was having difficulties with the terror group.

Hammami was added to the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list last month.

Wilson and Abukhdair allegedly met online during 2010.  Abukhdair is a U.S. citizen originally from Syracuse, N.Y., who had traveled to Egypt from the United States in 2007 but was arrested and detained by Egyptian security forces in 2010 for suspicion of terrorist activity. Abukhdair was eventually deported back to the United States in January 2011 and lived in both Ohio and Alabama.

The FBI used an undercover FBI employee to approach Wilson to learn about his possible motive and interests in terrorist activity.

The criminal complaint alleges that Wilson, Abukhdair and the undercover employee spent numerous hours watching terrorist propaganda, including lectures by Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Alawki and that the men discussed ways to travel overseas to Somalia or to Sudan to engage in jihad.

According to the criminal complaint, during one Feb. 3, 2012, meeting Abukhdair stated that he was unsure whether he could leave the United States because of his time in Egypt and deportation.

“Abukhdair proposed that they conduct a terrorist attack in the United States instead. Abukhdair said he was losing patience, and inquired about the cost of buying six guns for a domestic attack,” the complaint alleged.

Wilson allegedly told Abukhdair to be patient and to wait for their passports to arrive.

The following day Abukhdair became suspicious that the FBI was watching the men and as they drove to meet the undercover FBI employee they threw their computers and electronic devices off a bridge into Mobile Bay.

The case took an unusual twist as they became more concerned that the FBI was watching them.

“To convince the FBI that they no longer wanted to travel for jihad, Wilson and Abukhdair decided to open a men’s fragrance store. Wilson told the [undercover agent] that even if their passports arrived, they were not going to travel right now. On Feb. 7, 2012, Wilson sold his minivan for $3,900 and used money to rent space for their store,” the criminal complaint alleged.

The FBI affidavit in the case notes that because of a lack of business the store was only open for four months before being closed in July 2012.

According to the criminal complaint the FBI also used an informant who also knew both Wilson and Hammami to get information on Wilson. The informant had previously tried to leave the United States in June 2012, but may have been on the no-fly list and later worked with the FBI as a confidential source on the investigation.

In October 2012, the two finally decided that they should travel to Mauritania, allegedly in hopes of getting to fight in jihad in Mali where al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has recently become more active.

Wilson was arrested Tuesday morning in Atlanta attempting to board a flight that would ultimately take him to Morocco.  Abukhdair was arrested in Augusta, Ga., at a bus terminal for a bus to Canada. The two planned to fly to Morocco before going to Mauritania.

Defense attorneys for Wilson and Abukhdair could not be identified in court records at this time.

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Arrest in 1993 Disappearance of 10-Year-Old Florida Girl, Andrea Gail Parsons

Handout/Martin County Sheriff's Office(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Police have arrested a 42-year-old man and charged him with murder in the case of a Florida girl who vanished almost 20 years ago.

Andrea Gail Parsons, 10, of Port Salerno, Fla., was last seen on July 11, 1993, shortly after 6 p.m. She had just purchased candy and soda at a grocery store when she waved to a local couple as they drove by on an area street and honked, police said.

Thursday, Martin County Sheriff's Department officials arrested Chester Duane Price, 42, who recently lived in Haleyville, Ala., and charged him with first-degree murder and kidnapping of a child under the age of 13, after he was indicted by a grand jury.

Price was acquainted with Andrea at the time of her disappearance, and also knew another man police once eyed as a potential suspect, officials told ABC News affiliate WPBF in West Palm Beach, Fla.

"The investigation has concluded that Price abducted and killed Andrea Gail Parsons," read a sheriff's department news release. "Tragically, at this time, her body has not been recovered."

The sheriff's department declined to specify what evidence led to Price's arrest for the crime after 19 years or to provide details to ABC News beyond the prepared news release.

Reached by phone, a sheriff's department spokeswoman said she did not know whether Price was yet represented by a lawyer.

Price was being held at the Martin County Jail without bond and was scheduled to make his first court appearance via video link at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning.

In its news release, the sheriff's department cited Price's "extensive criminal history with arrests dating back to 1991" that included arrests for cocaine possession, assault, sale of controlled substance, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of domestic violence injunction.

"The resolve to find Andrea and get answers surrounding the circumstances of her disappearance has never wavered as detectives and others assigned have dedicated their careers to piecing this puzzle together," Martin County Sheriff Robert L. Crowder said in a prepared statement. "In 2011, I assigned a team of detectives, several 'fresh sets of eyes,' to begin another review of the high-volume of evidence that had been previously collected in this case."

A flyer dating from the time of Andrea's disappearance, and redistributed by the sheriff's office after the arrest, described her as 4-foot-11 with hazel eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts, a dark shirt and clear plastic sandals, according to the flyer.

The sheriff's department became involved in the case after Andrea's mother, Linda Parsons, returned home from work around 10 p.m. on July 11, 1993, to find her daughter missing and called police, according to the initial sheriff's report.

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Ohio Mom Arrested After Son Found in Garbage Dump, Police Say

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- A Cleveland woman has been arrested in the death of her 3-year-old son after police found what they believe is the body of the young boy at a waste treatment plant, according to authorities.

Cleveland police said on Monday they're holding Camilia Terry, 20, at Cuyahoga County Jail to await charges in the death of her son, Emilliano Terry.

"We come here with heavy hearts, I'm sure you understand.  Today, at approximately 4 o'clock, a body of a small child matching the description of Emilliano Terry was discovered at a waste treatment plant in Oakwood Village," Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said, according to ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV.  "So, in other words, right now, currently, we are treating this as a homicide, rather than a missing person or abduction."

An autopsy will be performed later on Tuesday to determine how Emilliano died.  Camilia told police her son vanished on Sunday just after 5 p.m. as she was pushing one of her other children on a swing in Kossuth Park.

"I'm calling you because I'm at a park and my son is missing," She told a 911 dispatcher.

"How long has it been since you last saw him?" a 911 operator asked.

"Fifteen minutes ago.  I was looking everywhere for him, I can't find him," the mother of three told the dispatcher while sobbing.

Police and the FBI began searching for the boy on Sunday.  A volunteer group, the Guardian Angels, searched garages and abounded homes in the area, according to WEWS.

While the authorities were in Emilliano's neighborhood on Monday, they noticed a garbage truck leaving the family's home, Det. Ed Tomba told reporters at a news conference Monday evening.

Police took down the truck's information and contacted Waste Management Inc.  FBI agents went to the facility and found a body believed to be that of Emilliano's inside trash bags, according to police.

Cleveland Police Cmd. Deon McCauley said Camilia's story changed during questioning Monday.

"Some time during the day, of today, the statements of Miss. Terry became very inconsistent and we decided that we would further investigate her involvement in this situation," he said.

Officers told WEWS that Camilia has not admitted to any crime.  Her other two children are now with Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services.

Cleveland police said they plan to search the family's home again, according to WEWS.

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